Sacred Spaces in Downtown: Gesu Church and Rectory

The oldest of Downtown’s sacred spaces, the Gesu Church and Rectory is a beacon of faith in the heart of the CBD.

Image: Church pinnacle

Here’s why the Historic and Environmental Preservation Board considers it special:

“Located in downtown Miami, this imposing Mediterranean Revival style church houses the city’s oldest Roman Catholic parish. The cornerstone for the building was laid in 1920 on land donated by railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler, but construction did not begin until two years later. The new church was dedicated in 1925. Now restored to its original appearance, the design includes a massive arched portico under a landmark tower. Gesu Church and Rectory were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974″

Image: N.E. 1st Avenue main entrance



Filed under CBD: Jewelry District, Sacred Spaces

4 responses to “Sacred Spaces in Downtown: Gesu Church and Rectory

  1. Verticus

    So where are the interior shots of the stained glass windows? The space and the windows are truly worthy and unexpected in downtown.

  2. I didn’t take pictures of the interior, but everything is very ornate and intricate. It really is a church unlike any other. The exterior, although beautiful is plain compared to what lies within.

  3. Phillip Mayer

    I went to school there and Gesu church from 1952 to 1960.
    I wanted to show my friends, and pastor the beautiful interiorI can’ t find any. It truly is an amazing church. My brother was ordained there in June, 1974. Frather William J. Mayer!

  4. Elida Dominguez

    The most beautiful churches, I went to school there as well from 1968-1974!!

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